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Senior Mental Health Nurse

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 a year Per Annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (WAM) CMHT has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Mental Health Nurse who wishes to join our dynamic and multi-disciplinary team. A Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm working pattern is just one of the attractions this opportunity will provide to you. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop group work, as well as individual intervention skills.

The office is situated in Maidenhead's Town Centre. The A4, M4, M40 and M25 are all easily accessible making travel to and from very straightforward. Links to the centre of London are also excellent.

The post holder will provide high quality treatments, care co-ordination, long term casework, and will be involved in recovery focused treatment interventions. This requires working collaboratively with other disciplines and other teams in the locality to ensure a comprehensive service is provided to the local and diverse population. Should you be interested in the post, training opportunities will become available for our Structured Clinical Management and Managing Emotions Programme. The successful post holder will be supported by our commitment to continuing personal development, and as such these are only two of many very exciting opportunities that WAM CMHT has to offer.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, you will work alongside a range of professionals including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, support workers, and our administration team.

Main duties of the job

To work as a Senior Mental Health Nurse in the Community Mental Health Team. This is a multi-disciplinary team, with a single manager operating in a locality where there is a high degree of integration between all mental health services.

The postholder will be responsible for the formulation, execution, and evaluation of a care plan for a designated number of patients who may present with significant complexities. Individual plans will be developed in discussion with the patient and informed by the wider team using the principles of recovery.

As an experienced member of the team the post holder will manage and supervise junior staff and actively participate in quality assurance and education programmes.

This is a summary of the responsibilities associated with this post and is not intended as an exhaustive or precise definition of details and consequently will be subject to review considering the developing services.

The3/4 \must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, OT or Social Worker
  • Recent and relevant experience in an adult mental health setting
  • Have a UK driving licence and daily use of a car

  • About us

    Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance, and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers.

    Some of the benefits of joining our team:
    • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance
    • Annual leave - 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
    • Excellent learning and development opportunities
    • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
    • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
    • Advanced IT enablement and support
    • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
    • And so much more

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma or degree level professional qualification
    • Registered for practice through NMC
    • Further relevant qualification in the field of mental health or equivalent experience.
    • Good standard of general education


    • PSI or other



    • Evidence of continuous professional development to high standard

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of assessment and report writing
    • Experience of supervising staff and students
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working.


    • Experience of working in community mental health services, minimum two years post-qualification experience of working with adults with mental health problems



    • Thorough working knowledge of mental health problems and their management.
    • Knowledge of assessment and treatment approaches
    • Knowledge of current mental health policy

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to carry out high quality assessments and treatment interventions to individuals and groups.
    • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
    • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities within caseload management
    • Ability to apply client-led principles and form non-discriminatory therapeutic relationships with clients and carers
    • Ability to maintain good quality records, and write reports
    • Ability to take responsibility appropriate to senior clinician role
    • Ability to contribute creatively to the development of the service.
    • Ability to work within a changing and progressive environment.
    • Ability to deal with emotionally demanding situations, to remain calm under pressure, and to be adaptable to demands of the role
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
    • Basic computer literacy and ability to use electronic system

    Additional requirements


    • Ability to travel between sites

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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